Higgs-eventI won’t pretend to understand all the nuances of the discovery that was announced today by scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider near the French-Swiss border. The LHC is a particle accelerator that allows scientists to smash small bits of matter into each other at huge speeds and see what sub-atomic particles pop loose that they can detect.

Today, LHC scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Bosun (depiction at left). First theorized to exist in 1964, but previously never observed, the particle has now been confirmed to exist. It had been a missing piece in the puzzle of the Standard Model of Physics that we’ve thus far developed to explain how matter, energy and time interact with each other to form what we perceive as reality.

Through some sort of mechanism the Higgs Bosun imparts mass to other particles. And from mass you get gravity, energy and other physical processes that operate on everything from the subatomic to the intergalactic level.

Read more on the momentous discovery in this CBC report.